Speeches by former judicial officers

Alphabetical list:

The Honourable Justice Adams​

​28 Jul 1998Swearing in Ceremony of the Honourable Michael Adams QC


The Honourable ​Justice RI Barrett​​​​​​​​

​Sep 2018Banking and Financial Services Law Association, 35th Annual Conference, Queenstown " Trust me: Does trust property go where it should after insolvency?"
​Aug 2015Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section Corporations Workshop, After Dinner Speech
20 Apr ​2​015Farewell Ce​​remony for the Hon Justice R I Barrett upon the occasion of his retirement as a Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW
23 Jul 2014Book Launch - Nuncio D'Angelo, "Commercial Trusts"
30 Aug 2013Commentary on "Cross Border Insolvency - Judicial Assistance in the Post- Hoffmann Era
14 May 2013Book Launch - Everett and McCracken's Banking and Financial Institutions Law
22 Feb 2013Admission of Lawyers, Newcastle
11 Sep 2012Elder Law and Succession Committee - "Listen to the Judges" Series
19 Jul 2012Book Launch - Farid Assaff, "Statutory Demands and Winding Up in Insolvency"

15 Mar 2011

Judicial Views on Litigation Funding
13 Mar 2011Judicial Reflections on Insurance Insolvency
04 Apr 2010Sydney Law School Takeovers Panel Conference - Closing Remarks
26 Jul 2008Insolvency of Registered Managed Investment Schemes
23 Feb 2006The Principle in Re Hastings-Bass
24 Aug 2003The "Most Wrong" Equity Cases 1990 - 2003: Attorney General v Blake
07 Aug 2005Cross Border Insolvency - Aspects of the Unctral Model Law
19 Mar 2001Swearing in Ceremony of the Honourable Reginald Ian Barrett 

The Honourable Justice MJ Beazley AO​

​27 Feb 2019
Farewell Ceremony for The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO as a Judge of The Supreme Court of New South Wales
​18 Oct 2018
​100 Years of Women in Law in NSW:
​15 Jun 2018
​'Honouring Jane Mathews' - Speech at Bar asssociation of New South Wales:
​19 May 2018
​"The Jurisprudence of the Court of Appeal: Colour and Movement” -  delivered at the College of Law Specialist Legal Conference
​18 Oct 2017
​Contemporary Issues in Public Law: Plus Ça Change, Plus C'est La Même Chose? - Clarence Chambers
​28 Sep 2017
​An Insight into Appellate Justice in New South Wales - Francis Forbes Lecture
​21 Sep 2017
Law in the Age of the Algorithm - State of the Profession Address, New South Wales Young Lawyers
​20 Sep 2017
​The Fundamentals of Insurance Law: Enduring Constants in the Winds of Change? - 2017 Geoff Masel Memorial Lecture
​11 Aug 2017
​Language - The Law's Essential Tool - Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture, University of Newcastle
​17 Jun 2017
Occasional Remarks: North & North West Community Legal Service Inc 21st Celebration - North & North West Community Legal Service Inc
​06 May 2017
The Continuing Role of Justices of the Peace in the NSW Community - NSW Justices Association Annual Conference
​19 Apr 2017
​Recurring Issues in the Court of Appeal - District Court of New South Wales Annual Conference
​07 Apr 2017
Prosecution of Corporate Executives - Emerging Trend or the Eternal Struggle - Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference
​16 Mar 2017
Legalwise Advocacy & Evidence Conference - Keynote Address 
​07 Mar 2017Extended joint criminal enterprise in the wake of Jogee and Miller
​23 Feb 2017The rise of litigation funding and class actions and the duties owed by legal practitioners
​20 Feb 2017Ceremony for commencement of proceedings (Orange)
​15 Feb 2017

The Principle of Legality and the Protection of Human Rights in Australia – The Hon Barry O'Keefe Memorial Lecture, Australian Catholic University

​Feb 2017Admissions Speech 2017
​15 Nov 2016​Conflicts in Commercial Trusts
​27 Oct 2016

The Future With Blockchain - UNSW Continuing Legal Education Blockchain Forum​

​12 Oct 2016Judicial Review & The Shifting Sands of Legal Unreasonableness
​29 Sep 2016
​Keynote Address delivered at the Baker & McKenzie National Intervarsity Women’s Moot 
​10 Jun 2016​Catalyst for Change? Legal developments in a shifting society: Law Week 2016
​29 Mar 2016​Recurring issues in the Court of Appeal - District Court Annual Conference 2016
​17 Nov 2015​Future directions in workplace law - bursting the bubble?
​29 Oct 2015Communicating the law: self-represented litigants in the Court of Appeal
​05 Aug 2015Offers of Compromise: Following, bending and breaking the rules
23 May 2015
​Recent Judgments in Personal Injury and Litigation
11 May 2015Social Media and the Law
​28 Mar 2015Ap​p​​​ellate Advocacy
​23 Oct 2014​The Law Society of New South Wales Annual Members Dinner
​10 Oct 2014Uniformity and similarity? Tendency evidence under the Uniform Evidence Law
​05 Sep 2014Rule of law and national security concerns: whither human rights?
​27 Aug 2014The intersection of the Australian law and the Islamic faith: A selection of cases
​23 Apr 2014Recurring issues in the Court of Appeal
​03 Sep 2013A reflection on public law: From Federation to the Twenty-first century
​​24 May 2013The distinction between questions of fact and law: a question without answer?
​18 May 2013Social Media and the Courts: Service of Process
​27 Mar 2013Advocacy: A view from the bench
​26 Sep 2012Calderbank offers 2
​26 Mar 2010Natural Justice: New South Wales cases in a Commonwealth context
​14 Mar 2008Calderbank offers

The Honoura​ble Justice PA Bergin, Chief Judge in Equity​

20-22 Oct 2016Meeting challenges posed by modern international commercial litigation - Fifth Judicial Seminar on Commercial Litigation (Hong Kong)
​31 Jul 2​015
50 Years of Commercial Law: the Commercial Law Association of Australia Anniversary Conference
​20 Mar 2014The global trend in mediation; confidentiality; and mediation in complex commercial disputes. An Australian perspective (Mediation Conference, Hong Kong)
21 Jun 2013The new regime of practice in the Equity division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
​19 Oct 2012The Right Balance Between Trial and Mediation: Visions, Experiences and Proposals
​11 May 2012The Objectives, Scope and Focus of Mediation Legislation in Australia
04 Apr 2012Elder Law in Australia, by Rodney Lewis; Launch, Parliament House, Sydney
06 May 2011The Expert's Lament
28 Apr 2011Judicial Mediation in Australia
​21 Mar 2011Cross Border Issues in Discovery Disclosure Orders and Search Orders
18 Feb 2011The Repentant Trustee
​08 Nov 2010A Question of Dignity
​25 Oct 2010New South Wales Young Lawyers' Association State of The Profession Address
​28 Aug 20102010 Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop
​25 Nov 2009Executors/Trustees and Mandatory Mediations
​03 Aug 2008Case Management
​30 Nov 2007Mediation in Hong Kong: the Way Forward Perspectives from Australia
​31 Mar 2007Litigation and Globalisation
​26 Oct 2005Presentation of Commercial Cases in the Supreme Court of New South Wales
​05 May 2004Methodology of the management of construction disputes in the Supreme Court of New South Wales
​26 Nov 2003Equity in Practice
​06 Nov 2003Commercial Causes Centenary Dinner
​26 Aug 2003Commercial Litigation: Tips for Success and Traps for the Unwary: A Judge's Perspective on Case Preparation
​26 Jul 2003A Judicial Perspective on what the Court expects from legal practitioners in equity and commercial litigation
​17 Apr 2003Conferral of Degrees Ceremony, Division of Law, Macquarie University
​22 Oct 2002National Judicial Orientation Programme - Time Management
​28 Nov 2000Interlocutory Procedures
​04 May 2000Women in Health Law
​12 Nov 1999Professional Legal Education in the Multi-Disciplinary Corporate Environment
​29 Oct 1999Women on Statutory Boards
​​01 Mar 1999Swearing in Ceremony of Patricia Anne Bergin, SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW

The Honourable​​ Justice PJ Hidden, AM​

The Honourable Justice PD McClellan, AM

​08 Feb 2018
Swearing Out Ceremony of the Hon Justice Peter McClellan
​07 Feb 2018

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Speeches 2013-2017

06 Dec 2012Corruption: A Problem for the Public and Private Sector?
​03 Dec 2012A Matter of Fact: The Origins of the Court of Criminal Appeal
​10 Apr 2012Crown Prosecutor's Conference - Sentencing in the 21st Century
​29 Mar 2012Rule of Law Insitute of Australia - 2012 NSW Legal Studies Association Conference
​01 Dec 2011The Future Role of the Judge - Umpire, Manager, Mediator or Service Provider
​24 Nov 2011White Collar Crime: Perpetrators and Penalties
​22 Jul 2011Contamination of the Environment - Past Problems and Contemporary Responses
​05 Mar 2011Looking Inside the Jury Room
​19 Nov 2010The University of Western Sydney Law Alumni Dinner Occasional Address
​07 May 2010UNSW Graduation Ceremony Occasional Address
​15 Apr 2010Civil Justice Reform - What has it achieved?
​27 Mar 2010Changes in Civil Process - Toward a Phased Trial
​10 Dec 2009Environment Crime in Context: From Spcc V Caltex to Date *
​20 Nov 2009Seventh Annual Jury Research and Practice Conference Paper
​04 Nov 2009Eloquence and Reason - are juries appropriate for defamation trials?
​02 Oct 2009Admissibility of expert evidence under the Uniform Evidence Act
​29 Apr 2009A Discussion on Property Rights
​26 Mar 2009Litigation - Some Contemporary Issues
​25 Oct 2008The Australian Justice system in 2020
​17 Sep 2008Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century Mediate Or Litigate?
​07 Jun 2008Two Contemporary Challenges: The Role of Deterrence In Sentencing and the Effective Use of Experts
​Apr 2008Some Benefits of Mediation
​Apr 2008ADR - An Introduction
​25 Mar 2008Juries - Common Sense and the Truth
​29 Nov 2007Concurrent Expert Evidence
​20 Jul 2007Contemporary Challenges for the Justice System - Expert Evidence
​16 Apr 2007The New Rules
​04 Nov 2006Australian Administrative Law
​2006Terrorism and the law
​20 Oct 2006Expert Evidence - Aces up Your Sleeve?
​17 Aug 2006Australian Institute of Urban Studies Sydney's Water Supply - A Reality Check: Is There a Need for a Public Inquiry?
​02 Aug 2006Who is telling the truth? Psychology, common sense and the law
​19 May 2006The University of Sydney Graduation Ceremony 
​12 May 20062006 Economics & Business Educators Legal Studies Students Professional Development Conference: Law, Justice and Society
​24 Nov 2005Courts in the 21st Century - Should We Do Things Differently?   
​12 Sep 2005Access to Justice in Environmental Law - An Australian Perspective
​02 Sep 2005Judicial Conduct: Still a Live Issue, Some Thoughts On the Paper by Professor Peter A Sallman
​30 Jan 2001Swearing in Ceremony of the Honourable Peter David McClellan QC  

The Honourable Justice RS McColl AO

​04 Dec 2018
Farewell Ceremony for the Hon Justice Ruth McColl upon the Occasion of Her Retirement as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
​18 Aug 2017
Words, Words, Words!  What Did You Mean: Contractual Interpretation and the Reasonable Business Person - Address to the Commercial Law Association of Australia 
​​05 Mar 2016​How Common is the Common Law and Other Miscellany? - Keynote Address - NSW Bar Association Common Law Conference​​
​​30 Apr 2015Sydney University Conferring of Law Degrees - Occasional Address
17 Oct 2014Women in Law Awards
​08 Mar 2014Privacy, Business and the Digital Era
​27 Feb 2014Celebrating Women in the Judiciary
​15 Sep 2010Freedom of Information - A New Paradigm
​30 Sep 2009An Australian Perspective on Privacy Law Developments
​17 Feb 2009What About Me? Your Pets and Your Will
​18 Sep 2008The Current State of the Profession
​22 Feb 2008Civil litigation in crisis: what crisis
​03 May 2006Women in the Law - Address to the Anglo-Australasian Society of Lawyers  
​20 Feb 2004Unfinished Matters: The Federal and State Supreme Courts on Constitutional Law: The 2003 Term
​28 Nov 2003Women Lawyers in 2003 - A View from the Top
​19 Sep 2003IT in The Courtroom from Both Sides of the Bench - The Transformation of Justice
​29 Apr 2003Swearing in Ceremony of the Honourable Ruth Stephanie McColl SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a Judge of Appeal

The Honourable Justice RC McDougall

​07 Dec 2018
Informal Farewell Ceremony for the Honourable Justice Robert Calder McDougall as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
​03 Nov 2018

​Recognition of Foreign Insolvency Proceedings – An Australian Perspective - Paper prepared for the 31st LAWASIA Conference, Siem Reap, Cambodia

​18 May 2018
​The Interpretation of Commercial Contracts - Hunting for the Intention of the Parties - College of Law Specialist Legal Conference, Sydney
​20 Sep 2017
​Aspects of Evidentiary Privileges in Australia - Law Asia Conference Tokyo, Japan
​25 Nov 2016Arbitration: past, present and future - Opening address to the RAIF Conference, Sydney
​02 Nov 2016​The utility of expert evidence in dispute resolution - Resolution Institute, Sydney
​30 Sep 2016The importance of private international law in Australia - Haque Conference on Private International Law at Parliament House
​21 Oct 2016Challenges in the age of Cyberspace - Fifth Judicial Seminar on Commercial Litigation (Hong Kong)
​19 Aug 2016​Revisiting the penalties doctrine: Paciocco v ANZ - Commercial Law Association Conference
​12 Mar 2016Penalties in Commercial Contracts since Andrews v ANZ - Keynote address for the Annual One Day CLE Seminar: Business Law
​​27-29 Jan 2016​Designing the Courtroom of the Future - International Conference on Court Excellence, Singapore
07 Sep 2015Courts and ADR: A Symbiotic Relationship - LEADR & IAMA Conference
​26 Jun 2015Construction of Contracts: The High Court's Approach - Commercial Law Association Judges' Series
​30 Oct 2014Section 54(1) of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth)
​13 May 2014Natural Justice and the Building and Construction Industry Security for Payments Act 1999 (NSW)
​28 Feb 2014Remedies in Commercial Litigation
​02 Aug 2013The Uses and Abuses of Technology in the Courtroom
​09 Mar 2012Remedies in Commercial Litigation
​29 Oct 2011Overview of the Evidence Act
​06 Aug 2011Australian and New Zealand Case Law Update - Australia
​13 Mar 2010Keynote Address to the NSW Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Seminar
​13 Nov 2009Some thoughts on calling expert evidence
​11 Sep 2009An examination of the role and content of natural justice in adjudications under construction industry payment legislation
​07 Apr 2009​Paper presented to the 16th Commonwealth Law Conference in Hong Kong, April 2009
​18 Oct 2008The Privilege Against Self-incrimination: a time for reassessment
​16 Sep 2007The Baby or the Bathwater? Terrorism, Responses and the Role of the Courts  
​22 Jun 2007The Evolving Principles Governing Client Legal Privilege
​10 Jul 2006Proportionate Liability in Construction Litigation
​27 May 2006Prohibition on Contracting Out of the Building And Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW)
​21 Feb 2006The Implied Duty of Good Faith in Australian Contract Law
​31 Aug 2005The Court View of Security of Payment Legislation in Operation
​May 2005Developments in Building and Construction Law
​13 Feb 2004Expert Evidence
​21 Aug 2003Swearing in Ceremony of The Honourable Robert Calder McDougall as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

The Honourable Justice MA Pembroke ​

29 Jun 2010Cross Examination of Experts
​12 Apr 2010Swearing-In Ceremony of the Honourable Michael Andrew Pembroke SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales


The H​onourable Justice CC Simpson​​​

​27 Mar 2018
Farewell Ceremony for the Hon Justice Carolyn Simpson upon the Occasion of Her Retirement as a Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW
01 Feb 1994Swearing in Ceremony of the Honourable Carolyn Chalmers Simpson QC

The Honourable J J Spigelman AC, Chief Justice of NSW​ 

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